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How to Combat Hidden Sugars

Sick and tired of the 3pm sugar slump? Take back control of your energy- we have you covered with tips on decoding and uncovering the sugar hidden in your favourite snacks!

  1. How to Expose Disguised Sugars

Sugar comes in many tricky forms. Learn to recognize ingredients under different names, but have the same impact on your health as sugar.

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• Ingredients ending in “ose” or with the word “syrup"
• Natural sweeteners such as agave nectar, rice syrup, and honey aren’t much better—our bodies can’t tell the difference between natural and processed sugars!

2. Always read the ingredients list!

Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight—meaning the first ingredient makes up more of the product than the second, and so-forth.

Watch out for long lists that list sugar or disguised sugars in the first 5 ingredients.

ingredients Let’s take a look at the ingredients in this generic granola bar. There are 15 sugars in over 50 ingredients, and 3 sugars are listed in the first 5 ingredients! We’ll pass on this snack.

3. What Nutrition Facts to Look Out For

Look at the Protein. Is there more protein than sugar? Protein helps to fill us up and keep us full, so choose a snack that has a substantial amount of protein.

Look at the Fiber to Sugar Ratio. Good, whole foods have less or equal sugar to fiber—a 1:1 ratio. Unfortunately, the average American consumes closer to 12:1 sugar to fiber in their food every single day.

nutritionfacts Let’s look at this Nutrition Facts label. There are only 2g of protein for 19g of sugar- yikes! In addition, the sugar to fiber ratio is 2:0. You can indulge in these sweet treats in moderation, but expect a sugar crash after this snack!
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